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Kenneth Weiss was born in New York City where he attended the High School of Performing Arts. After studying with Lisa Goode Crawford at the Oberlin Conservatory he continued with Gustav Leonhardt at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.
From 1990-1993 he was Musical Assistant to William Christie at Les Arts Florissants for numerous opera productions and recordings. He later conducted Les Arts Florissants in ‘Doux Mensonges’ by the choreographer Jiri Kylian at the Paris Opera, and was co-director with William Christie of the first three editions of Les Arts Florissants’ ‘Jardin de Voix’ program.
Kenneth Weiss focuses on recitals, chamber music, teaching and conducting. His most recent recitals include Nuremburg, Montpellier, Barcelona, Dijon, Geneva, Antwerp, the Cite de la musique (Paris), Madrid, La Roque d’Anthéron, Santander, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Innsbruck, Santiago de Compostela, La Chaise-Dieu, La Chaud de Fonds, Bruges and New York. He performs in recital with the violinists Fabio Biondi, Daniel Hope, Monica Huggett and Lina Tur Bonet.
In collaboration with the choreographer Trisha Brown, Kenneth Weiss was musical director of ‘M.O.’, a ballet on Bach’s Musical Offering, first performed at La Monnaie in Brussels. He was also musical director of the Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy’s staged productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and a Monteverdi madrigal program. Both productions were revived at the Lille, Monte-Carlo and Bordeaux operas. He has conducted staged performances of Mozart’s Mariage of Figaro at the Cité de la musique in Paris and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Bilbao and Oviedo. He has also conducted The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Orquesta de Salamanca, Divino Sospiro, Orchestre de Rouen, the Orchestre régional de Basse-Normandie, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Orchestre d’Auvergne.
In 2014 Kenneth Weiss performed the Well-Tempered Clavier at the Cité de la musique in Paris, in New York, at the Théâtre de Caen and the Festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Lanvellec and Villevieille. He also took part in the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles Rameau project, gave recitals in Madrid, Brussels, a Netherlands tour, and several recitals with Fabio Biondi in America, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and in Spain. In 2015 he toured Japan with the Well-Tempered Clavier, gave a Bach birthday recital at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, performed at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, in Spain with the violinist Lina Tur Bonet and toured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In January 2016 Kenneth Weiss conducted the Israel Camerata in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, followed by a Well-Tempered Clavier recital in Tel Aviv, before touring America with the violinist Lina Tur Bonet. He has also been invited by the cellist Marc Coppey to take part in the Musicales de Colmar Festival in May, plays in the Seine Festival at the château de Maisons-Laffitte and is again invited to take part in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. In 2017 he gives recitals with the cellist Marc Coppey, the violinist Lina Tur Bonet and the mandolinist Avi Avital, and returns to conduct the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen in a programme including the Brandenburg Concertos and the Art of the Fugue, and to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2018 he gives a Scarlatti recital in the Radio France Montpellier Festival, and returns to Japan for a recital tour of his Bach A la françoise programme, to Rouen for Bach’s Musical Offering, to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and to conduct the Israel Camerata. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include the Brandenburg Concertos with the Orchestre de Rouen, Lincoln Center with the Chamber Music Society followed by a tour with the Berkshire Bach Society in December, Tallis and Scarlatti at Emerald City Music Seattle in March 2020, a live recording of Rebel’s Eléments on the historic Taskin harpsichord of the Lisbon Music Museum in the Belém Cultural Centre in May 2020, and the Art of the Fugue in San Francisco and with Phantasm in the Lausanne Bach Festival.
In 2001 Satirino records released the first in a series of highly acclaimed solo harpsichord recordings by Kenneth Weiss: Bach’s Partitas, Scarlatti Sonatas, Rameau Opera and Ballet transcriptions (on two of the historical instruments in the Musée de la musique in Paris), an album including Bach’s Italian Concerto, French Overture and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Scarlatti’s ‘Essercizi per gravicembalo’ in coproduction with the Madrid Caja Bank’s Spanish music label, Los SIGLOS de ORO, a live recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, two live recordings of selections from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, ‘A Cleare Day’ and ‘Heaven & Earth’. He has also recorded the violin sonatas of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre with the violinist Lina Tur Bonet, and most recently Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, recorded at the Cité de la musique in Paris on the historic Ruckers-Taskin instrument belonging to the Musée de la musique. The album was released in 2014 to wide acclaim and awarded a “Choc” in the French magazine Classica.
Kenneth Weiss has held teaching positions at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, the Barcelona Conservatory and at the Juilliard School in New York and currently teaches at the Paris Conservatory and the Geneva Haute école de musique where he is harpsichord professor.